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October 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Diamond Bank Promotes SMEs Development

As part of its contribution to the development and of micro small medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, Diamond Bank Plc has said it had so far disbursed a total NGN25bn to operators in the sub-sector.

The Head of Proposition for MSMEs of the Bank, Mrs. Chidinma Lawanson, who disclosed this at the “Diamond BusinessXtra Enterprise Series,” said the bank would continue to focus on creating value for MSMEs in the country who were largely ignored by banks and other financial…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 31, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Access Bank Partners Commonwealth Business Council

In furtherance of its economic facilitation role, Access Bank Plc said it had partnered the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) in hosting the Commonwealth Business Forum in Perth, Australia. A statement from the financial institution yesterday, said it sponsored the African Day session, which was an integral part of activities lined up for the Commonwealth Business Forum at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia.

The programme tagged:…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 31, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

SA banks 'well placed' to withstand shocks

The South African banking sector remained stable in the six months to end June and is well placed to withstand vulnerabilities and future adverse shocks, the Reserve Bank said on Thursday in its September 2011 Financial Stability Review.

The Financial Stability Review (FSR) document focuses mainly on economic and financial sector developments for the six-month period ended June with selected developments, such as the sell-off in emerging market economies' (EME) assets in…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 27, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Ecobank acquires Oceanic Bank

Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI), yesterday, formally acquired the 100 per cent stake in Oceanic Bank International Plc, after fresh fund injection into the troubled financial institution. The development is coming on the heels of similar take-over of Intercontinental Bank Plc recently, by Access Bank Plc.

The full merger of Oceanic Bank with Ecobank Nigeria, a member of ETI, will however, be consummated before the end of the year. At the end of ETI’s board meeting yesterday,…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 26, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

GTBank Appoints Deputy Managing Director, EDs

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) has announced the appointment a new Deputy Managing Director and three executive directors into its board. A statement from the bank Thursday said that the move was in furtherance of its efforts to position itself as the bank of choice within the country.

According to GTBank, Mrs. Cathy Echeozo, who was formerly an Executive Director and head of the bank’s Institutional Banking Division had been appointed Deputy Managing Director at a recent board…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 24, 2011 at 3:39pm — No Comments

NSE plans new listing requirements for companies

The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, said it will introduce new sets of requirements for companies seeking listing on the secondary segment of the Nigerian capital market.

The NSE further disclosed that it is close to securing a full membership status among the World Federation of Exchanges, WFE.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the NSE’s Chief Executive Officer’s Dinner for chief executives of quoted companies, Mr. Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive of the NSE, said that the new…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 20, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments

Experts call for improved infrastructure to drive electronic payments in Nigeria

Global and regional financial experts in the deployment and management of electronic payment systems gathered in Lagos last week at a conference on mobile money, and called on government to swiftly address Nigeria’s infrastructure challenges in order to support the country’s move into a cashless mode.

The round-table conference, which was organised by BusinessDay Media, with the theme: ‘Opportunities in Nigeria’s emerging cashless economy,’ attracted m-payment experts from South…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 19, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Access Bank completes Intercontinental Bank's acquisition

Access Bank Plc and Intercontinental Bank Plc have announced the completion of the recapitalisation of Intercontinental Bank and the acquisition of 75 per cent majority interest in the bank by Access Bank. A joint statement by both banks on Sunday stated that the banks would be merged within the second quarter of 2012.

The statement said, “Further to the approval of the shareholders of both banks, court sanction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria and approval of the Central Bank of…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 18, 2011 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Access Bank, Friends Africa to train SMEs on health policies

Access Bank in partnership with the Friends of the Global Fund Africa, Friends Africa, is scaling up the prevention and treatment of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through the Workplace Policy Workshops for 2000 Small and Medium Enterprises, (SMEs) in four African countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia.

The workshop, according to a statement jointly signed by Mr. Segun Fafore of Access Bank and Mr. Bello Bissalla for Friends Africa, will kick-off in Lusaka, sail through…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 17, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Islamic Banking and Finance in North Africa

In its new publication, Islamic Banking and Finance in North Africa, the African Development Bank assesses the state of Islamic banking in the region and explains why its use has been limited. The report considers the future potential of Islamic finance, including its possible alignment with North Africa’s development goals, particularly its ability to increase the diversification of funding sources.…


Added by Linda Larbie on October 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Diamond Bank grants NGN10mn interest-free loan to five MSMEs

Diamond Bank Plc has granted interest-free loans worth about NGN10mn to five micro, small and medium scale enterprises, MSMEs in Nigeria. The MSMEs, which emerged winners of the bank’s “Borrow For Free Promo” organised between June and July 2011 in collaboration with Seancross Marketing Limited, received NGN2mn each.

In a statement by the bank, the promotion was designed to assist MSMEs understand the relationship between a business plan and access to finance. The bank said it was an…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 11, 2011 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Standard leads "Africa scramble"

Standard Bank yesterday reported a resurgence in corporate and investment banking activity in SA and elsewhere in Africa as local and global banks scramble for deal-making opportunities in one of the fast-growing emerging economies.

In an interview, the bank’s CE for corporate and investment banking, Kennedy Bungane, said competition for deal-making and to raise debt and capital funding was intensifying in Africa.

This was despite market turmoil from the debt crisis in…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 11, 2011 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Equity Bank scoops Africa Investor award

After recognitions by the World Economic Forum and the African Banker Awards, Equity Bank Group has won the Africa Investor Award as the Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals.

Group CEO Dr. James Mwangi received the award early last week during the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC.

During the awards ceremony, Dr. Mwangi reiterated the bank's commitment to enhance its customer product and service offering that has the capacity…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 10, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

LASACO leads consortium on Nig Comsat IR insurance

LASACO Assurance Plc has been appointed to lead 23 Nigerian insurance companies participating in the insurance of the new satellite to be launched by Nigeria before the end of the year - Nig Comsat 1R. The Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited would launch it.

This is coming closely at the heels of the Nig. Sat 2 and Nig. Sat NX both of which were launched on August 17th 2011 in Yasney, Russia. LASACO Assurance is also the leader of the Nigerian companies that are covering these…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 4, 2011 at 11:17am — No Comments

GTAssurance releases half-year result

Guaranty Trust Assurance Plc has recorded another impressive performance in its Gross Premium Income (GPI) and Profit before Tax (PBT) for the six months period ended June 30th, 2011. GPI grew by 28 per cent to NGN6.1bn per cent to NGN713.6mn compared to NGN511.2mn in the corresponding period last year.

Commenting on the result, Mr. Tosin Runsewe, the chief client officer said: “This performance reflects the quality of our company’s business model which has consistently delivered…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 4, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

Diamond Bank to sustain market base, raises stake in customer reward

Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc has reaffirmed its resolve to sustain its marketability through creation of products that improve the standard of living of the people. The bank’s Senior Adviser on Retail Banking, Mr. Garry Marsh stated this during the bank’s Savings Xtra Season 4 Independence Draw, in Lagos, at the weekend.

He expressed the bank’s commitment towards offering variety of products that would help to empower Nigerians, especially customers of the bank. According to him, the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 4, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Africa Business Confidence Index lower, but still continues to show growth

Manufacturing index 51.3 and non-manufacturing index 53.3, both indicating expansion; rate of change is slower than previous month

The Africa Business Confidence Index (ABCI) for September shows growth in both the index for manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in Africa. The difference compared to August in the…


Added by Bas Vlugt on October 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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